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It entails poverty, football and the potential for possibly illegal gay sex. When he was younger Andy Bell - singer, pop star, dog lover - went on a football tour to the Somerset resort.
"I couldn't play to save my life," he says, "but two of the guys had dropped out and I was from a family of six children. He'll have been the frontman of synthpop duo Erasure along with Vince Clarke for 30 years come 2015 - I know, that makes me feel old too - and there's a new album and tour later this year. When I look in the mirror I don't know yet if I can look myself right in the eye. " n Torsten The Bareback Saint will be at the Assembly George Square Studios from Tuesday until August 16. Erasure's new album The Violet Flame is released next month.
"And what are its corporate and ethical responsibilities to its users when it learns that its platform is being abused in this way? As with many complaints against tech platforms, Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is at play in the Grindr case.
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I do remember I was fluffing my lines something chronic and I think it was from pure nerves." Bell belongs to an earlier, possibly braver generation of pop stars - openly gay in the 1980s, when homophobia was far more front and centre and indeed legally endorsed (this was the time of Section 28, after all). If he hadn't been there I don't know if I'd have been so brave." Bravery meant appearing on stage in a rubber leotard sweating up a storm and looking like something out of a Tom of Finland cartoon. I think some of the record company PRs were a bit more reticent about it. Erasure were huge in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Then I did try to seduce one guy while he was asleep at my house and he went to school and told everyone so I was kind of blacklisted." Life was sex - or at least the hope of it - and music. He'd spent his teens listening to the B52s, Lene Lovich, Nina Hagen. "In the early Erasure days I would go to a few saunas in America and one of my past boyfriends used to go there all the time. Just the feeling of being on the gay scene in the early days because I was hopeless at cruising. I could never do the eye-to-eye contact thing." Still, he threw himself into gay life in London in all its wild druggy excess. "I think it's to do with confidence," he says, but yes, maybe. "Now I'm in a partnership and I'm determined that I'm going to be monogamous because it reminds me of tours when I've been drunken and trashy and just hooked up with whoever is there in the bar at the end of the night. But me and Steve have said we're looking forward to growing old together. It's amazing to still have your heroes, Debbie Harry being 68 and strutting her stuff. That gives me 20 more years at least." What does he see when he looks in the mirror? It was found not liable in a suit filed by a man who was arrested for a sexual encounter with a minor he met on the app.But in Herrick's case, attorneys Carrie Goldberg and Tor Ekeland are relying on different laws."Companies don't deserve special protections when their product is dangerous and [Section] 230 doesn't give them protection in such cases." Originally filed in a New York state court in January, the case was moved to federal court at Grindr's request in February.According to the complaint, there have been more than 100 reports flagging the fake profiles in Grindr's app, resulting in only generic replies from Grindr ("Thank you for your report.").